Iris Elent, MSW
Iris has spent her life asking tough questions, listening deeply, and uniting people together to tackle inequities. She believes that transformation happens in community. Iris came to VIVA from the nonprofit world providing trauma-informed counseling and program management for BIPOC youth, with a mission to make macro-level change and disrupt systems of oppression. It is with this commitment that she leads several of VIVA’s community-centered projects.
Iris facilitates groups to move from ideas to outcomes, while mitigating power imbalances and navigating tough challenges along the way. She specializes in designing strategies that uplift the voices of those closest to the issues and the solutions. Iris has worked extensively with groups across the country to engage families and communities in the creation or redesign of policies and programs. When she isn’t chasing her toddler, she immerses herself in human stories by reading, watching documentaries, and attempting DIY projects.
M.S.W., University of Southern California
B.S. Sociology & Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara